Amazing friends, can I tell you how nice it was to get away for a few days? Our boys are on Spring break this week, so we decided to head to D.C. to see the museums and monuments. There is so much to see! If you ever get the chance to go, be sure to visit the National Archives Museum. We got to see the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, among tons of other super cool documents from our nation’s history.
Here is my favorite thing I found at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History:
It was a humungous dollhouse! My Hubby’s lucky it wasn’t for sale…I really wanted to bring it home.
Alrighty…onto what y’all came here for…today’s makeover!
I picked up this cabinet at the same estate sale where I found this shelving unit I shared a couple of weeks ago. It was the final day and everything was half price so this was originally marked at $48, but I got it for a steal at $24!
I don’t normally buy pieces that are already painted, but it was such a great deal that I made an exception this time. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
That meant that I had to remove the existing paint, so my rotary sander and I got busy…
I used 100 grit sandpaper first to get most of the paint off, then I followed up with 220 grit to smooth everything out.
I knew that when I painted the areas I sanded back down to bare wood, I would see natural wood coming through after distressing and that is not what I wanted. I decided to stain those areas with these staining cloths.
They dry really quickly and are perfect for this application. I made sure to get all the corners and edges where the stain would show through when sanding.
Once the stain was completely dry (about an hour) I was able to paint…two coats of an oops paint that I made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.) It looks like a perfect match for Loft Space by Behr. A light sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax, and the outside was done!
I decided to paint the fretwork white (Bit of Sugar by Behr) to contrast a little:
I just gave it one coat of white and then sanded it all over with 220 grit sandpaper…
I did give it a coat of spray shellac first just in case it was a bleeder.
Sounds easy enough, right?
Now let me tell you the tale of the INSIDE, little troublemaker that it was. (Just in case y’all think everything always goes according to plan around here.)
Here is how it looked before:
Dirty, but no problem, right?
I gave it a good wipe down with Lysol wipes to start. Then I figured I would need to seal it to prevent bleed-through, so I started by giving it a good coat of Shellac using an old chip brush since that was all I had on hand.
Nope…bled through all over!
Ugh. So I made a Home Depot run to pick up a few foam brushes which is what I usually use. I applied another coat of shellac and waited the recommended one hour before attempting another coat of paint. After applying that coat, I still got bleed through. (Insert curse word.)
How did I finally combat that dreaded bleed-through?
Every once in a while, you get a piece that is super stubborn. This time I sealed the inside with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax, and guess what? I actually still got some areas that bled through, but just a few.
I applied wax again in just those few areas and that did the trick.
I held my breath as I applied my final coat of paint…thankfully it worked that go round:
I can’t believe all the trouble I used to go through taming bleed through with those stinky products! I now go straight for Dixie Belle’s BOSS water-based stain and odor blocker. It comes in a white formula HERE and also a gray formula and a clear formula. Apply ONE coat and allow to dry overnight before painting. That’s it!
I sanded the interior lightly and sealed with a final coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
The white interior really makes this piece look clean and fresh now…like a place you would actually want to store your freshly washed towels!
My favorite, of course, is the door…
That pretty fretwork detail really makes this piece special.
I used my Logan point driver to resecure the glass and fretwork:
I added this glass knob since it didn’t have any way of pulling it open before:
I assume the key is what was used to pull it open originally, but that was missing. You can also see in that close-up photo where the edges show the brown stain instead of the natural wood, thanks to the staining cloths.
This would be a perfect piece to store extra bathroom supplies if you had room for it.
I am thrilled to cross this project off the list!
There’s not a ton of pieces left!
If you missed any of these makeovers so far, you can catch up below:
I’ll see y’all back here on Tuesday with these two boxes:
UPDATE: Check out how even these simple pieces can be reimagined now HERE!
Thank you all so much for taking time out of your busy day to visit. I truly appreciate every one of you!
May you and your loved ones enjoy a blessed Easter!
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